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Skin Deep

Skin Deep by Lulu Jiang is a film that fuses live action and illustration to explore a layered romance about tattoos and their power to psychologically seduce. Using multiple viewpoints and stories nested within one another, hand-drawn tattoo flash is digitized and composited to create a gritty tone from exotically inked images. The film’s juxtaposition of reality and fantasy takes the viewer on a journey that twists and turns to disguise a jaw-dropping ending.

  • Lulu Jiang
  • Lulu Jiang
  • Lulu Jiang
  • Anthony Misiano
    Key Cast
    American Genius
  • Elodie Di Palo Burrone
    Key Cast
  • Robin Friend Stift
    Key Cast
  • Ryan Nocella
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Horror, vfx, animation
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 41 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 29, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    6,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Lulu Jiang

Lulu Jiang is a Beijing born NYC based digital and motion graphics artist, who completed an MFA in Computer Arts with a concentration in Motion Graphics from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 2016 and her BFA in Animation from Renmin University of China in 2014.

Lulu has worked in a variety of positions in the digital design field, including assisting with motion graphics for the Webby Award-winning YouTube channel Vsauce in New York (2015); animation and graphic design for the Beijing-based G2S Creative Studios (2014); and promotional animations for the Wordbolt, an app store developed by the Swedish gaming company Qaos (2014-2015). She has received numerous awards, including a Bronze Medal in New Media from the Designnova Chinese International Youth Designer Contest; and a Merit Award for Creative Design in the Achieve My Dynasty Contest sponsored by CCTV in China.

Lulu likes to aim high and live on the edge, while never forfeiting her professional standards. Her website is www.lulujiang.com

E-mail: jianglujane@gmail.com

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Director Statement

Skin Deep, my animated short film, is spontaneous, reckless and always provocative! As a psychological exploration, I seek unpredictable results as my motivation. Once I come up with an idea, I conquer all obstacles to make it happen. As Director Rama Ellen says, “Live loudly and do things you are not comfortable with.”
I grew up in Beijing, a city that overloads the senses. My response to that environment was to observe and experiment whenever possible. I studied experimental animation in college and this experience encouraged my passion for the unpredictable. I view “maybe” as a better option than “never”.
My work explores detailed visual motifs influenced by tattoo flash designs and body art. As I began my research for a story based on the distinct culture of tattooing, I spent weeks in the library reading about its history. Tattooing one’s skin is a form of visual communication. Similar to a painter, I see my skin as a canvas.
As I developed the narrative and gritty visual style for Skin Deep, I wove together inspirations from varied sources, including the preserved tattooed skins on exhibit in a Japanese museum, and the bizarre bone, skin and wood furnishings in the home of American killer Ed Gein. My film about a killer, who collects exquisitely tattooed skins for exhibition in his home, is a visual collage enhanced by my precise attention to detail. The results showcase my strong sense of visual observation and adventurous mind.